Recommendations to the Board

ALAC Advice Status | GAC Advice Status | RSSAC Advice Status | SSAC Advice Status


The Board receives recommendations from a variety of sources from the ICANN community, including advice from the Advisory Committees as set forth in Article 12 of ICANN's Bylaws.

This page provides information on the status of advice to the Board from the Advisory Committees identified below:

  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
  • Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

As of December 2019, actions and updates related to the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) are now included on this page. You may also refer to more information regarding GAC Advice on the GAC website.

Latest Advice to the ICANN Board

As of 31 August 2020

Advisory Committee Advice Document
At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC)
Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)
Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC)
Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC)

Board Advice Register Phases and Descriptions

Advice to the Board is processed via a five-phase process, as described below. Click on the individual advice status pages for each Advisory Committee for more detailed information regarding the phases.

Board Advice Register Phases and Descriptions

Advice Status Reports

As of 31 August 2020

The following reports provide status and details of related resolutions, scorecards, and implementation actions for advice items issued by the ALAC, RSSAC, SSAC, and GAC:

  • ALAC, RSSAC, and SSAC Report [PDF | XLSX]
  • GAC Report [PDF | XLSX]
    • See also the latest letter from the ICANN Board to the GAC detailing status of GAC Advice in the Action Request Register (ARR).

Information on individual items for each Advisory Committee can be found on the individual Advisory Committee Advice Status pages (linked at the top of this page).

Summary of Advice Items by Advisory Committee

Phase ALAC GAC RSSAC SSAC Total Items by Phase
Phase 1 | Receive & Acknowledge - - - - -
Phase 2 | Understand - 6 1 1 8
Phase 3 | Evaluate & Consider 8 19 13 3 43
Phase 4 | Implement 2 6 1 21 30
Phase 5 | Close - 6 1 22 29
Total Open Items by
Advisory Committee
10 37 16 47 110
Total Items Closed in
Past 12 Months
10 36 10 6 62

Archived Status Reports

ALAC, RSSAC, and SSAC:

May 2020 [PDF | XLSX] | June 2020 [PDF | XLSX] | July 2020 [PDF | XLSX]

GAC: December 2019 [PDF | XLSX] | January 2020 [PDF | XLSX] | June 2020 [PDF | XLSX]

Background on the Action Request Register (ARR) and Board Advice Reporting

The ICANN Organization developed the Action Request Register (ARR) process framework, described in more detail in the pages above, to manage community requests to the ICANN Board and Organization in a consistent, efficient and transparent manner. Centralized processes were implemented to accommodate advice to the Board from ICANN's Advisory Committees including: the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC), Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC), the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), and the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

In October 2016, ICANN issued a status report to the ALAC, RSSAC and SSAC on historical advice to the ICANN Board issued between 2010 and mid-2015. The Board's status reports on historical items can be found below. Updated Status on all items can be found in the reports listed above.

  • At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
  • Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]
  • Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) (19 October 2016) [PDF]

In September 2019, ICANN issued a status report to the GAC on historical advice from 2013 to 2019. The status report can be found below. Updated status reports can be found above.

  • Governmental Advisory Committee (10 September 2019) [PDF]

Important note: The Board Resolutions are as reported in the Board Meeting Transcripts, Minutes & Resolutions portion of ICANN's website. Only the words contained in the Resolutions themselves represent the official acts of the Board. The text provided in this database explaining Resolutions is an interpretation that has no official authority and does not represent the purpose behind the Board actions, nor does any explanation or interpretation modify or override the Resolutions themselves. Resolutions can only be modified through further action by the ICANN Board.